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Unfortunately, even religious studies would be disapprouved, as Jehovah's witnesses believe in having the shortest education possible and then devoting yourself to "preaching the good news to all nations". And more than that, they also refuse to learn about any other faith then their own, for fear of mixing "satanic teachings" with "The Truth"... OP's mother would not be satisfied unless OP decided to quit University, become a pioneer and go knock on doors for se

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Her life may have meaning to herself #92. But knocking on people's doors, bugging people that have real jobs who when home are trying to rest and unwind is annoying. People know about religion they don't need people running around trying to force it down their throat. There is a reason God or whoever you believe in gave you a free will. To do what you want and learn for yourself. Now stop knocking on my damn door. I am now done ranting...for now

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@135and / you have some correct points as well as incorrect points. first off, you have mixed everyone together into a religious stereotype. my mother is a computer programer and im an A student studying to become a biomedical engineer. Were both jehovas witnesses. I can tell you are already rather familiar with our society. But pioneers who do the 70 hours thing are mostly the retired and people who have a month free. Finally, I can tell that you both dont like us and I understand that. A lot o

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she could be a very strict Jehova's witness. To someone who is so into their religion they are ignorant of the world around them it's not a far jump from Biology to evolution (for example).

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At a guess, the Jehovah's Witness thing is the reason she doesn't approve of the courses. You know, JW being a religious thing and Biomedical Sciences being, well... a science thing.

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I would like to disagree on all JW behalf, there will be unnecessarily strict/uptight people in all religions, anywhere.

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Religion and religious people are fine. Religious extremists are not. I have JW friends and some weren't allowed to go to university and some were. It's the same thing as me being Catholic but not having communion every Sunday. Every religion will have very, uh, devout followers. Let's just be glad the OP saw the crazy before their future was fucked over by the Watchtower.

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most religions preach hate. but do so In nice ways to make it sound alright! also guilt, shame and self loathing! I should know I was raised catholic. at age 7 I was (prepared) for my first confession by sitting silently in church and thinking hard about all the horrid sins I committed. I was then led, in complete silence, in to the confessional which was very dark and cold to have some scary priest tell me my sins would have me famed less I confess! I told him my only sin then, I was bad and

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I thunk if you're an extremist, you're following your religion the right way. Wether or not your religion is good, well that's an entirely different story.

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No, I don't nessicarily think that religions preach hate. How on earth is confession preaching hate!? While there are religions that promote discrimination, agreed, I think that the majority of them preach peace (the main churches, in any case). I do, however, believe it is with the extremists and their churches that we find the hate preaching. I definately think that there is a fine line between being devout and being an extremist. I recently had to break up with my boyfriend of 3 years beca

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To be honest, I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses and I don't see what OPs mother is making such a big deal out of. Most of us are pretty reasonable but every so often you get a Witness who rejects human teachings of science and rejects the thought of pursuing higher edjucation in a world they feel is doomed anyway. OPs mom probably expects her children to give up what most consider a normal life to pursue the ministry full time. Not many do, and for most of us witnesses that's fine. Sorry OP I do ha

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I've heard of people leaving Jehovah's Witnesses because their child needed a blood transfusion and they were told to let the kid die because they are apparently forbidden.

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@231 we dont accept blood transfusions, but we do accept saline and other methods. And theres all sorts of jehovas witnesses that are stricter or looser than the others

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Doing the other persons side of the FML was cool like 6 months ago, it's just annoying now. Why not try to be original next time :)

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I was once sick into my handbag then fell over a garden gnome (incurr the wrath of the FML team at your peril, son).

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Maybe it's because OP is doing Biomedical Services and Microbiology. JWs believe blood transfusions are prohibited by their version of the bible. They quote Genesis, Leviticus and Acts, which refer to eating blood, but which JWs extend to intravenous transfusions by analogy. The bible is oddly silent on matters regarding blood fractions (such as plasma and platelet concentrations), Ringer's lactate solution, and genetically engineered proteins such as erythropoietin, interleukin-11, and GM

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Actually I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses and frankly I don't agree with OPs mother. True the bible (any version or translation) commands "abstaining from blood" but these studies don't necessarily have to deal with blood transfusions. Even if that is the field OP chooses to go into most of us Witnesses are reasonable enough to let someone choose what path to take with their own lives. (and while this has nothing to do with OPs comment, 1935 is not a significant date to Jehovah's Witnes

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